We don’t celebrate Halloween, but we do celebrate autumn.
We celebrate everything about autumn. The leaves, the colors, the smells….
Thanksgiving and the story behind Thanksgiving…
My kids love pumpkins!
I am not sure they like to eat pumpkins as much as they just love to look at them, but for some reason pumpkins hold a great fascination for them.
We don’t do pumpkin carving at our house, because of the historical significance it holds, but this story by Liz Curtis Higgs always makes me smile when I read it, because it places a new meaning on carving a face in a pumpkin:
Instead of carving pumpkins for Halloween, we decorate a pumpkin for fall.
I grab leaves, scraps of colored paper, scissors, markers and glue and let the kids have fun making our pumpkin pretty to decorate our living room.
They absolutely love this!
And it sits here usually until we’re ready to cook it down for pumpkin pie (something else they help with, because I want them to know why I am chopping up their lovely creation).
It just makes this season so much more fun!
Afterward we either roast the seeds, or do an art project with them.
Other pumpkin decoration ideas are painting your pumpkin to match your decor, painting a Thanksgiving scene on it, or covering it with glitter.
Do you use pumpkins as decorations in your home during the autumn season? What are some fun ways you dress your pumpkin up for fall?
This post is day 17 of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.